• Constant Change

    Todd Meissner wishes he could say that his company’s “digital revolution” was part of some overall master strategy to totally rebrand its reputation as a cutting-edge print and finishing technology provider. He really does. But if you want him to be honest, Meissner says that would be giving Color Ink way too much credit. In […]

    Michael J. Pallerino February 18, 2020
  • Why your clients should trust your instincts

    If Gregg Bauer could pass along one piece of advice to the students he teaches on the Atlanta campus of Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), it would be to stick to your convictions. His experience, which includes more than 30 years in graphic design and advertising, is filled with stories of those unrelenting […]

    Michael J. Pallerino February 11, 2020
  • 5 quick tips for managing the next generation

    Which scenario best describes your current management frustrations with the 20-somethings entering your organization? 1. You just explained appropriate corporate protocol only to then discover their questionable comments and postings on Instagram and Snapchat. 2. You are perplexed by their informal communication style, both written and verbal, with seemingly cryptic acronyms and expressive emojis. You […]

    Amy K February 4, 2020
  • Top 10 Challenges for Salespeople

    A lot can be said about today’s selling landscape, but the most accurate description? Noisy. Old ways of selling may no longer reap results. To push out information and hope it sticks likely will no longer work. You have to get personal, tell a story, be memorable and, some would even say, become vulnerable. “We […]

    Jennifer Morrell January 21, 2020
  • Value

    “Obstacles do not block the path; they are the path.” — Zen proverb Steve Jobs did not particularly care for the original concept of Apple’s “Think Different” and “To the crazy ones” campaign. True story. To hear Rob Siltanen tell it, Jobs initially called the script crap (we are being kind here). The then creative […]

    Michael J. Pallerino January 7, 2020
  • The Finish Line

    Eric Wallace had figured it out. In 2015, against the backdrop of big-beer conglomerates like Anheuser-Busch, InBev and MillerCoors scooping up smaller, independent craft breweries across the country, Wallace devised a way to foster an ownership mentality, enthusiasm and high level of buy-in among employees. He made them owners—literally. His company, Left Hand Brewing Co., […]

    Jamar Laster December 17, 2019
  • In Line

    Lance Tyson has been in the sales game for more than 20 years. So when you mention the delicate relationship between sales and marketing, he knows where the conversation is heading. For starters, these are new days in the age old clash between the two departments. Today’s consumers, whether B2B or B2C, are more highly […]

    Michael J. Pallerino December 3, 2019
  • Reboot

    Most of us strive continually for comfort. The “comfort zone” is where we want to be, and we don’t want to venture outside of it. It is our safe place—no surprises, no roadblocks, no curveballs. But as we navigate life, we find ourselves in positions that are far outside of our comfort zones. Though an […]

    Jennifer Morrell November 12, 2019
  • Know the rules

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series by design thought leader Stefan Mumaw from his HOW Design presentation, “Think Like a Villain: A Creative’s Guide to Winning Through Villainy.” “If you have a gun, you can rob a bank. If you have a bank, you can rob anyone.” — Black Mask It’s the […]

    Stefan Mumaw October 29, 2019